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Georgia State Park offer programs for March


These programs are taking place at New Echota Historic Site, Chief Vann House Historic Site, Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic site, Red Top Mountain State Park, and Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site.

Craft a Critter
Sunday March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m

Red Top Mountain State Park
Park Office
50 Lodge Rd SE,
Acworth Ga., 30102
Head Eastbound on Exit 285 from I-75, turn left onto Park Marina Rd, and right onto Lodge Rd or follow signs to Park Office.

County’s TAN holds steady at $5.5 million

     Pickens County Seal

     At a regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 18, the Pickens County Board of Commissioners approved a $5.5 million Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) for the 2016 fiscal year.
    TANs are short-term loans, which for several years have been used by the Pickens government to cover operating expenses, and have been the subject of much public criticism. TANs are typically taken out at the beginning of the year and must be paid off no later than December 31 of the same year.

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Ga. high court upholds sentence in child abuse murder case

State Supreme court gives opinion in complex

quiet title case



Published Monday, February 22, 2016


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .




            In a 6-to-1 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled in favor of the Fulton County District Attorney and reversed a decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals that allowed a trial judge to impose a lighter sentence than the prosecutor had recommended as part of a plea agreement.

Most foster kids there because of parents’ meth abuse

Foster home numbers up some here, but more still needed   

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                Pickens DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole works directly with foster parents

                                                           and kids in the county.

     There are two notes hanging on Pickens County DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole’s office bookshelf, written in scribbled handwriting.
    One reads, “Ms. Carla, Thank you for helping me find my forever home.”
    The other, “Thank you for bringing me a brother.” 
    Right now there are 96 kids under the care of Pickens DFCS who want a stable home and family, whether it be one reunited with their biological parents or a new home with foster parents. Of those 96, a staggering 99.5 percent are from parents or caretakers who abuse methamphetamines.

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Film Day at the Capitol Shines a Spotlight on Georgia’s Film Industry


     ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2016 – The Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today celebrated Georgia’s thriving film and television industry at Film Day at the Capitol. Governor Deal, Speaker David Ralston, GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr and Georgia Film Academy Executive Director Jeffrey Stepakoff spoke during the celebration to recognize the industry and its importance to Georgia’s economy.